THE CULTURE OF COSTA RICA anna guardado

COUNTRY PROFILE- 1

  • Capital: San Jose
  • Population: 4.872 million
  • Ethnic Makeup: white or mestizo 83.6%, mulato 6.7%, indigenous 2.4%
  • Language: Spanish

COUNTRY PROFILE- 2

  • Type of Government: Democratic Republic
  • Currency: Colone
  • Major Religions: Roman Catholicism
  • Climate: Tropical

TRADITIONAL FOODS

Gallo Pinto
Casado
Coconut Flan

APPOINTMENT ALERT

  • Punctuality is very important
  • Be aware of holidays

BUSINESS DRESS

  • Male: casual pants, tailored shirts, and/or light jacket
  • Female: More common to see women in pants than skirts, must come to at least knee length, no tight clothing
  • Jeans are appropriate if you are a student, ties are not necessary

Conversation & Meeting Etiquette

  • Costa Ricans don’t like loud conversation
  • Conversational topics such as education and businesses
  • Physical contact in business is kept to the minimum

Gift Giving Etiquette

  • Not necessary
  • Business: representative of the giving company or easily shared to the office staff or the recipient’s family
  • Socially: a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

  • Need connections
  • Ticos like to get to know people before making commitments to a business relationship
  • Information to be simple and to the point

ENTERTAINING ETIQUETTE

  • Typical mealtimes are 7 am, 1 pm and 7 pm
  • Never start eating before everyone has their food on the plate
  • The man of the house or host sits at the end of the table and the woman or guest of honor sits next to them

PUBLIC BEHAVIOR

  • Eye contact is very important
  • Keep cool, don’t raise voice in a conversation
  • People introduce themselves with their first names

WORKS CITED

  • http://www.executiveplanet.com/costa_rica-2/costa_rica_about_costa_rica-2/
  • http://www.executiveplanet.com/costa_rica-2/costa_rica_business_dress-2/
  • http://www.executiveplanet.com/costa_rica-2/costa_rica_lets_make_a_deal-2/
  • http://www.executiveplanet.com/costa_rica-2/costa_rica_public_behaviour-2/
  • http://www.executiveplanet.com/costa_rica-2/costa_rica_gift_giving-2/
Created By
Anna Guardado
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Credits:

Created with images by kansasphoto - "HDR Sunset, Costa Rica" • Magnus Bråth - "Gallo Pinto" • katiebordner - "Casados in #costaricach" • Gudlyf - "Coconut flan"

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